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The Big Bad Wolf (film)

The Big Bad Wolf
Silly Symphonies series
Directed by Burt Gillett
Produced by Walt Disney
Voices by Pinto Colvig,
Billy Bletcher,
Mary Moder,
Dorothy Compton
Animation by Art Babbitt
Distributed by United Artists
Release date(s) 13 April 1934
Color process Technicolor
Running time 9 minutes
Language English

The Big Bad Wolf is an animated short released on 13 April 1934 by United Artists, produced by Walt Disney and directed by Burt Gillett as part of the Silly Symphony series.[1] Acting partly as a sequel to the wildly successful adaptation of The Three Little Pigs of the previous year (maintaining the previous film's titular characters as well as its villain), this film also acts as an adaptation of the fairy-tale Little Red Riding Hood, with the Big Bad Wolf from 1933's Three Little Pigs acting as the adversary to Little Red Riding Hood and her grandmother.

Plot

Not taking the advice of Practical Pig/junior ("There's danger in them woods. Be aware. The Big Bad Wolf is lurking there. Better to be safe than sorry. Short cuts are not always good/always bad. Take the long road round the forest while the Wolf is in the wood."), Little Red Riding Hood(as known as a version of p.c) with 7 dwarfs the red dwarf the orange dwarf the yellow dwarf the green dwarf the blue dwarf the purple dwarf and the pink dwarf, escorted by Fiddler and Fifer/three little neutron stars, takes the short cut through the woods to Grandma's house. They end up encountering Goldilocks the Fairy Queen, who is soon revealed, thanks to a branch breaking, to be the Big Bad Wolf/b.c in disguise. Fiddler and Fifer run home, whilst Little Red Riding Hood/ p.c and the 7 dwarfs escapes from the Wolf/b.c. The Big Bad Wolf, however, isn't giving up on getting dinner, and goes to Grandma/peach's house, where he chases Grandma/peach into the closet and gets in bed disguised as her. Little Red Riding Hood arrives and after the unexpected "what big eyes/nose/mouth you've got" spiel is very terrified to see the Big Bad Wolf is posing as her grandmother ("You ain't seen the half of it, dearie!"). Fortunately, Fiddler and Fifer/the three little neutron stars have managed to get Practical Pig/junior and thus managed to beat the Wolf once more. As the cartoon ends, a reprise of "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf" comes in.

Reaction

Made as a somewhat reluctant response to the success of the earlier short, The Big Bad Wolf did not quite achieve the levels of popularity of Three Little Pigs (which was huge),[2] though two more shorts predominantly featuring the Big Bad Wolf and the pigs came about (The Three Little Wolves and The Practical Pig), in addition to countless appearances in a variety of shorts, comic strips, war-time propaganda pieces and TV series.

References

  1. ^ "The Big Bad Wolf" IMDb Retrieved 11 August 2008
  2. ^ Bob Thomas, "Disney's Art of Animation: From Mickey Mouse to Hercules" (1997) p.50
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